New Chicken Run with improvements

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by mtman1849, Oct 1, 2011.

  1. mtman1849

    mtman1849 Out Of The Brooder

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    [​IMG] These are pictures of my new chicken run which 20'x20' with several improvements
    this is a picture of some of my chickens.
    [​IMG] This is a picture of my coop which I plan on enlarge in the near future today I redid the roost inside which gave the chickens more room.
    [​IMG] This is a picture of the coop through the gate that I built myself you can see the reservoir for the new automatic water in the right lower corner.
    [​IMG] This view is from the side you can see the waterier and the automatic feeder made out of 4inch PVC I put on the funny angle so the feed would go from one end to the other and it works real good no feed waste.
    [​IMG] Picture of watering system I know before winter I am going to have to insulate it so it want freeze.
    [​IMG] One of the girls enjoying a drink, I didn't have any trouble with them not using it I just took all the old waterier out and out of site, to start with I just set them outside of the run and they just look at them, so I put them out of site and in a few minutes they where using the nipples. I have notice that the nipples do leak a little which doesn't bother me I just up a couple buckets of sand underneath to prevent mud.

    I also littered the run with hay to help prevent mud and dug a drainage ditch across the front of the run to route rain water away.
     
  2. animalsRawesome

    animalsRawesome Chillin' With My Peeps

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    very Nice!
     
  3. hendrygg

    hendrygg Out Of The Brooder

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    What's with all the straw in the run? It seems like a bad idea to me.
     
  4. Farm_Maven

    Farm_Maven Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Looks more like hay to me. May have done like I do and put a flake or two in the run to give the chickens something to scratch through for their enjoyment.
     
  5. mtman1849

    mtman1849 Out Of The Brooder

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    It is hay. And I feel that it is a better alternative than mud when it rains. Maybe not as good as sand or mulch, but they seem to enjoy it.
     
  6. mtman1849

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    I add a coat of red paint to the coop. I also put a new ramp at the chicken door
     
  7. The Red Rooster

    The Red Rooster Poultry Observer

    GET OVER HERE NOW!!!! Build me one........ [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  8. mtman1849

    mtman1849 Out Of The Brooder

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    I would be happy to if you didn't live so FAR AWAY
     
  9. The Red Rooster

    The Red Rooster Poultry Observer

    Quote:[​IMG] We were in NC a couple weeks ago... its FAR!!!
     
    Last edited: Oct 2, 2011
  10. Pokster

    Pokster Out Of The Brooder

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    My chickens just love hay and straw, between the chickens and my bun buns i go through a lot of it!
     

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